Man guilty of rape and murder at Etosha Safari Camp

25 Jul 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) - An Outjo resident accused of raping and murdering the former manager of the Etosha Safari Camp in the Kunene Region in September 2008, was found guilty as charged in the High Court on Monday.
Jesaya Nicanor, 40, was found guilty as charged by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg for the rape and murder of Fiona Ann Holton between 20 and 21 September 2008.
Nicanor was linked to the two incidents at the Etosha Safari Camp after forensic evidence of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) were found in the private parts of the deceased person.
Earlier reports by 'New Era' newspaper said a blood spot found on a pair of shorts he wore the day before was also positively identified as being of Holton.
These tests were conducted by the Namibian Forensic Science Institute and came out similar to tests done by the British Columbia Institute in Canada.
Nicanor was, however, found not guilty and acquitted on the charge of defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice for washing and/or hiding a pair of beige Bermuda camouflage pants the police asked for shortly after his arrest.
He denied guilt at the start of his trial and vehemently denied that he was anywhere near the residence of the deceased when she was raped and murdered.
Evidence presented during trial has it that Nicanor was a contractor installing air-conditioners at Etosha Safari Camp at the time of the crimes.
He had hit the deceased with an unknown object on the head and strangled her after having raped her.
Holton died as a result of head injuries sustained during the attack.
Nicanor has been free on bail and upon conviction on Monday, his bail was cancelled and forfeited to State coffers.
State Advocate Felistas Shikerete is appearing for prosecution.
Mese Tjtiuri is defending Nicanor on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
Nicanor returns to the High Court on Tuesday for the submission of the evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentence by the prosecution and his defence lawyer.